Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
The excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
Necessity... the mother of invention.
The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
One man cannot practice many arts with success.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.